Right-arm pacer Josh Hazlewood has said that he would love to be vice-captain of the Australian Test team given the opportunity.
Hazlewood has appeared as a leading candidate to serve as deputy to Tim Paine, who has been leading the side after the Newlands ball-tampering controversy. The other potential candidates is all-rounder Mitch Marsh, who will lead Australia A in red-ball matches in India next month.
“I would love to do it. It’s a great opportunity to get one of the bowlers in there, get our point of view of what’s happening out on the field and so on,” Hazlewood said in a video published by the Australian Cricketers’ Association, the players’ union.
Australia will next play against Pakistan in two-Test series in the UAE in October, with a deputy for Paine not expected to be named until the squad is announced.
“It would be exciting to get the role. It brings the best out in players, as we saw with Smithy his batting went to another level when he became captain. We’ve got that senior group of four or five players there who’ve played a lot of cricket now. Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, myself and Tim Paine. I think it’ll be fine whoever gets the job,” he added.
The 27-year-old’s fast-bowling teammate Pat Cummins has also endorsed his credentials, while Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon also have claims.
‘‘It’s good to hear it [support] from players, some of your peers. I guess I have been around the team for quite a while now, played 40 or so Test matches,’’ the 40-Test veteran said. ‘‘It’s quite a young group once you take those senior guys out. Being a bowler, it would be good to have one of us in the captaincy. It’s quite exciting. I think there are a couple of guys who are good candidates.’’
Australia have had 46 Test captains till now in which only one frontline fast bowler-Ray Lindwall has led the side. He led the Aussies in just one Test against India in 1956 when regular skipper Ian Johnson was injured.